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Top job! Consultant Clinical Psychologist - Edinburgh

  • Full time
  • £66,230 – £76,633
  • Edinburgh, with some travel to our Glasgow hub
  • Closing 25th February 2022

  • Advertised from 10th February 2022
  • Salary dependent on experience, plus Scotland Fringe Allowance, £1,810. Permanent. 37.5 hours per week.


Combat Stress was established in 1919. We are the UK’s leading charity for the provision of veterans’ mental health services.

We have recently undergone a transformation of our services and are delivering evidenced-based, phased treatments for veterans with complex trauma-related mental health difficulties.

The Combat Stress Team in Scotland has a base in Glasgow and is in the process of establishing a new Headquarters in Edinburgh from which it will deliver residential care; community teams are also located in both North and South of the country. Our services are funded by the Scottish Government to provide care and support for all veterans regardless of where they live. Care and support is provided on a residential, outpatient, digital and community basis. It is requirement to ensure that we clearly meet the recommendations within the recently developed Veteran’s Mental Health Action Plan Scotland.

We offer psychological interventions (primarily for Complex-PTSD, but not exclusively) after a single holistic assessment and formulation of needs within an integrated interdisciplinary care pathway. Stabilisation and reintegration phases include access to art therapy, occupational therapy, psychiatric treatment, substance misuse interventions and programmes of support for veterans’ partners, their families and organisations that work alongside them, such as employers. We also have a highly regarded peer support service, run by veterans for veterans that benefits from excellent clinical governance and which supports all stages of their recovery. Psychological interventions span the range of evidenced-based therapies for PTSD and C-PTSD, including TF-CBT, NET, CPT, CFT for trauma and PE. EMDR is also offered on a case-by-case basis according to clinical need. We benefit from innovative clinical and research collaborations with international experts in the field to trial and deliver effective interventions for Complex-PTSD.

We have invested significantly in our digital service delivery, with the aspiration of ensuring equity of access and supporting veteran choice. These will continue to be a core part of our services going forward to maintain and increase accessibility to treatment. We are also investing in becoming a trauma-informed and veteran-centric organisation at every level and have an established Veteran Voice group that is embedded in all aspects of strategy and service delivery.

It is an exciting time to be joining Combat Stress. It will be the first time we have recruited a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Scotland, reflecting our commitment to developing the highest quality services for veterans and to genuinely support collaborative working across the veteran mental health sector.

Benefits of working for Combat Stress as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist:

  • Lead and deliver specialist clinical services for complex trauma-related mental health problems, particularly Complex-PTSD
  • Have access to a senior clinical psychology peer group across the UK who are innovative, collaborative and promote the provision of psychologically informed care across a phasic, interdisciplinary pathway
  • Be part of a passionate workforce who are committed to working with veterans
  • Contribute to cutting edge translational research and benefit from our formal affiliation to the Centre for Military Mental Health, King’s College London
  • Have developmental opportunities in corporate activities that are normally at a distance from clinical service delivery, such as marketing and communications projects, development of digital services and access to media training
  • Have significant opportunity to contribute to organisation-wide clinical strategy
  • Have funded CPD opportunities beyond those typically available in the NHS
  • Work with veterans to co-produce and deliver services with a continual focus on quality improvement

About the role:

  • To provide clinical leadership for psychological therapies in Scotland, ensuring the planning and development of a systematic response to service need
  • To interpret professional policies, ensuring that the service operates at the highest level of quality and current best practice, leading research and quality improvement projects to this end
  • To work with the Head of Operations Scotland and Head of Psychological Therapies to ensure that clinical services are delivered consistently by psychologists/psychotherapists with a high level of competency and expertise
  • To support and advise colleagues on all issues relating to psychological therapies, psychologically informed service provision and trauma-informed care and providing expert clinical consultation and professional guidance to other psychological practitioners
  • To develop external relationships with lead clinical/counselling/forensic psychology colleagues in relevant clinical, research and governmental bodies in Scotland to improve cross-service collaborative working relationships and increase awareness of Combat Stress.

About you:

We are looking for someone who is keen to take a senior strategic and clinical leadership role in the delivery and development of our services in Scotland. You will be a compassionate leader and outstanding clinician, who is committed to clinical effectiveness, service innovation and to building a truly trauma-informed organisation. You will be able to articulate and promote the unique service offer of Combat Stress in veterans’ pathways of care to strategic partners in Scotland and be excited by collaborative working across all sectors of veteran mental health.

This role is subject to a PVG check.

It is strongly recommended that you keep your Covid 19 vaccination status up to date; this is ensure the health and safety of both veterans and colleagues.

What we offer:

You will work within a reputable charity that is constantly evolving to meet the needs of our veterans, that has a fantastic cause and a committed follower base.


  • 30 days paid holiday plus bank holidays
  • Competitive stakeholder pension scheme - contributions matched up to 11% of salary
  • Discount shopping vouchers
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Access to the Employee Assistance Programme
  • Flexible working
  • Access to Blue Light Card scheme

Plus many more.

Application notes

To apply, send an up to date CV and covering letter to

For further information about the role please contact Dr Naomi Wilson, Head of Psychological Therapies on

Job Description

Person Specification

Closing date: 25 February 2022

Interview date: TBC

Please note, we reserve the right to close this advert early, should we receive a sufficient amount of applicants

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